The complications of the Formula 1 calendar

The complications of the Formula 1 calendar

Just three months before F1 teams have to fly to Australia, the 2013 calendar remains unclear, with the sport's chief still eager to make sure it is comprised of 20 events. Dieter Rencken looks at the complications of filling the F1 schedule

Nothing illustrates the vicious battle being fought at commercial rights holder level better than the current confusion over the 2013 Formula 1 calendar: with a little over three months remaining before the cars head out in anger for free practice in Melbourne, governing body, teams, TV broadcasters, package tour operators, fans and the media remain in the dark as to the final make-up of next year's schedule.

It is utterly inconceivable that a global sport, one that prides itself upon precision and timing, can make such a fist of arranging 20 dates – less than 40 per cent of any one year's Sundays – in a logical sequence, but the reality is that ratification and publication of the calendar has increasingly slipped over the past few seasons, with serious ramifications across the board.

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